Easy Homemade Lasagna Freezer Meal Recipe
Easy Freezer Lasagna Recipe
If you’re looking for the best lasagna recipe to freeze, you’ve found it! This homemade lasagna is very easy to make, preparation is pretty quick, and it tastes great from frozen.
If you’re looking for a better way to meal prep, it is really fun to get a group together to cook freezer meals. Sometimes I just double or triple a favorite recipe so I can put some in the freezer for a busy night.
This recipe is also DELICIOUS when prepared in a slow cooker!
Watch how easy it is to make this as a Crockpot Lasagna!
That’s a fun alternative… now back to preparing this as a freezer meal! (It’s SOOO good!)
Browning the Beef
The first step to making this frozen lasagna recipe is really easy, just brown your ground beef up in a skillet. Once it’s browned, drain any excess grease and add your pasta sauce to the skillet.
Tip: Since you’ll be adding a bit of water to the mixture is well, put the water in the empty pasta sauce jar first, shake it up, then empty it into the skillet. That way no pasta sauce is wasted.
Making the Cheese Mixture
The cheese mixture for this lasagna freezer meal is easy to whip up and it’s super flavorful. After you have your beef mixture prepared just mix up these ingredients in a bowl and you’re ready to start assembling your lasagna.
No Need to Cook the Noodles!
You can see that I used oven-ready lasagna noodles here, but you can get away with using traditional uncooked lasagna noodles as long as you don’t forget to add the extra water to the meat sauce mixture.
By not cooking the noodles you’ll have less to worry about, fewer dishes to wash, and you’ll end up saving quite a bit of time!
It’s hard not to love lasagna. The cheese, pasta, meat, and sauce all go together to create a delicious and filling meal that you can end up enjoying for days. I usually heat my leftover lasagna up in the microwave for a quick lunch or even dinner sometimes!
It gets even better when you prepare two of these homemade lasagnas ahead of time. You can then cook one up right away and freeze the other for another night.
If you want to add something extra, we recommend serving this frozen lasagna recipe with a loaf of garlic bread or homemade breadsticks. You can also add a green salad to the side to make it a bit of a healthier meal. 😉
Learn More About Freezer Cooking
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- What Foods Don’t Freeze Well
- Freezer Meal eBook
More Lasagna Recipes
- Poor Man’s Lasagna Recipe
- Cordon Bleu Lasagna Recipe
- Skillet Lasagna
- Lasagna Soup
- Lasagna Cupcakes
- Mexican Style Lasagna
Easy Homemade Lasagna Freezer Meal Recipe
- 12 pieces Barilla Oven-Ready Lasagne
- 1 pound ground beef
- ½ pound ground sausage
- 24 ounces pasta sauce
- ½ to 1 cup water
- 8 ounces part skim ricotta cheese
- 8 ounces cottage cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella divided
- ½ cup Parmesan
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9x13 pan (or two 8x8 pans) with nonstick cooking spray.
- Brown ground beef and sausage in a large skillet on medium-high heat, until cooked through. Drain grease, if needed.
- Add pasta sauce to skillet with the ground beef and sausage. Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of water (depending on thickness of sauce and desired consistency) into the empty pasta sauce jar, cover with lid, and shake. Then stir the water into the meat and sauce mixture.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta, cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan, eggs, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
- Spread 1 cup of meat sauce onto the bottom of the pan. Place 3 noodles into pan, then 1/3 of the cheese mixture, then about 1 cup of meat sauce. Repeat noodles, cheese mixture, and meat sauce twice.
- Top lasagna with remaining 1 cup of mozzarella. Spray a piece of foil with cooking spray, then place foil over top of lasagna.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until heated through, removing foil after 45 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
PREPARING FOR THE FREEZER:
- Cover uncooked pan of lasagna with plastic wrap, then foil, and freeze.
PREPARE AFTER FREEZING:
- Let thaw in the refrigerator for about 24 hours, then cook (as directed above) for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Or cook from frozen, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until heated through.
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Comments & Reviews
I NEVER make only one lasagna! Since I often give the extras to hungry young nephews or friends with newborns, I stock up on the foil 1/2 steam tray pans from Smart & Final (a restaurant supply-style store). They are fairly inexpensive so I don’t worry about getting pans back. *Just be sure to start the instructions for reheating with “Place on a cookie sheet” because they can warp a bit when heavy.
Great ideas, thanks Tina!
This recipe is similar to my mom’s famous recipe. I have never cooked lasagna noodles in my life, don’t know why anyone would.
Never really thought I could freeze a lasagna but makes sense. I’ll have to try this. Thanks!!
You are welcome Justine. You are going to love the time it saves!
Hi! I just made some lasagna for the first time, (my recipe was almost just like yours). It’s now done cooking and I realized that’s a lot of food! I’ll be eating lasagna all week ( which I suppose isn’t all that bad!) but I thought, I wonder if I could freeze half of it? Is that possible? To freeze half of a cooked lasagna? I don’t know how freezing works really… Would it be soggy, or weird tasting if it’s already cooked before I freeze it?
Btw, I’m going to browse around your site some more– I like this idea of freezer cooking, don’t know why I’ve never done it! Thanks for any input! 🙂
You can freeze your cooked lasagna. I have done it before! I hope you love our freezer recipes.
I am doing a fundraiser that will go towards our adoption of a little one and I came across your website! Thank you so much! I had planned on selling lasagna dinners to my family and friends and I wasn’t sure how to do it without freezing it! Could you also use the oven-ready noodles and still be able to freeze it well?
Yes. You could use oven ready noodles and freeze your lasagna.
About how long does this take to cook once frozen?
To prepare after freezing let thaw and cook for 1 hour or cook from frozen for 1.5 – 2 hours.
I can’t wait to try the recipe. Quick question
The extra water is added to the sauce before its all put together right? What type of noodles did you use?
If I choose to cook my noodles before, what would I change in the recipe?
You do add the extra water to the sauce when you put it together.
I just use regular noodles, but you can use any kind.
If you cook noodles before than just don’t add the extra water. That is the only change. But you will want to under cook them slightly so they do not get too soggy when you reheat.
Good luck! Hope you love the freezer meal lasagna!
Could you add spinach to the lasagna? Would it freeze and reheat ok? Thanks!
I did not add spinach to this lasagna. But I think it would freeze and reheat fine. If it is fresh lasagna I would recommend blanching it first.
For the noodles, are we supposed to use the ones that require no boil or the regular ones? They are completely different noodles.
I have actually had great success just using regular noodles. Just be sure to keep your lasagna moist. Don’t go skimpy on the sauce and make sure the whole thing is covered.
I am excited to try out your recipe for freezer lasagna! How do you recommend thawing the lasagna, so I can cut down on the cooking time? Do you just put it in the fridge for the day or leave sitting out on the counter for an amount of time? Any suggestion on the amount of time it takes to thaw? Thanks!
Leaving it in the fridge the night before (so for about 24 hours) is a good idea. I wouldn’t recommend leaving it on the counter 😀 To many germy possiblities 😀